Affordable Kit House – French Polynesia

Researcher/Design Consultant  (2009 – 2010)

UC Berkeley Gump South Pacific Research Station:  Berkeley, California & Moorea, French Polynesia

  • Analyzed thermal performance of kit house designed to replace cyclone-destroyed homes in Moorea
  • Assisted in the kit house redesign in respect to environmental impact and energy usage while maintaining affordability, comfort and cultural sensitivity.
  • Organized onsite thermal analysis of kit house using an embedded wireless sensor network.

Project Description: Cyclone Veena destroyed much of the housing on the French Polynesian islands. Kit houses were developed to provide housing for the homeless. After a second cyclone, the kit houses were the only homes that were still standing. Today, these kit houses are spread all over the islands, yet are almost unlivable during the day due to high temperatures. I worked with a group of three students to do a thermal and structural analysis of these homes to make suggestions for improvements in the next model. We continued our research for the Gump Station during the summer including planning an onsite thermal analysis using an embedded wireless sensor network.

Bioclimatic Kit House

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